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Volume XXIV, Issue 70


Table of Contents

1. Heliophysics Early Career Investigator Program Draft Text for Community Comment

2. MEETING: 2nd URSI Atlantic Radio Science Meeting (URSI AT-RASC), May 28-June 1, 2018, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Abstract Submission Deadline, January 10, 2018

3. Call for Contributions - Special Issue of Advances in Space Research: Solar Physics Advances from the Interior to the Heliosphere

4. JOB OPENING: Faculty Position in Solar-Terrestrial Physics, New Jersey Institute of Technology

5. JOB OPENING: Faculty Positions at Institute for Fusion Theory and Simulation, Department of Physics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China


Announcement Submission Website: http://goo.gl/forms/qjcm4dDr4g


Heliophysics Early Career Investigator Program Draft Text for Community Comment

From: Elizabeth MacDonald (e.a.macdonald at nasa.gov)

ROSES-17 Amendment 51: Release of Heliophysics Early Career Investigator Program Draft Text for Community Comment.

The Early Career Investigator Program (ECIP) in Heliophysics is designed to support outstanding scientific research and career development of scientists and engineers at the early stage of their professional careers. The program aims to encourage innovative research initiatives and cultivate diverse scientific leadership in Heliophysics. This program is designed to foster the E of the DRIVE (Diversify, Realize, Integrate, Venture, Educate) initiative put forward as a high priority recommendation of the 2013 Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey, to educate, empower, and inspire the next generation of space researchers.

This is a DRAFT version of the 2018 ECIP program element posted for community comment. Comments must be submitted in writing to the point of contact for this Program Element listed in Section 6 by January 19, 2018. Individual responses should not be anticipated. Changes to this Program Element or additions to a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page may be made in response to comments, as appropriate. The final text of this program element will appear in ROSES-2018 when it is released on February 14, 2018.

Proposal submission to all calls in Heliophysics will be done by a two-step process, in which a Notice of Intent is replaced by a required Step-1 proposal. The proposal title, science goals and investigators cannot be changed between the Step-1 and Step-2 proposals. This particular program employs a "binding" two-step process which permits only proposers "invited" in response to the Step-1 to submit a Step-2 proposal. The due date for Step-1 proposals is tentatively scheduled to be March 23, 2018, and the due date for Step-2 proposals is June 15, 2018.

This Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2017" (NNH17ZDA001N) is posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ with a short link http://bit.ly/H-ECIP.

The NASA point of contact for this program element is Dr. Elizabeth MacDonald who may be reached at e.a.macdonald at nasa.gov. NASA participated in an SPA early career mixer at AGU and slides from that event are available here: http://bit.ly/SPA-EC17.


MEETING: 2nd URSI Atlantic Radio Science Meeting (URSI AT-RASC), May 28-June 1, 2018, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Abstract Submission Deadline, January 10, 2018

From: Wen Li (wenli77 at bu.edu)

The newly established triennial URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference (URSI AT-RASC) is the 3rd URSI flagship conference besides the triennial URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium and the triennial AP-RASC conference. The deadline of the paper submission to this 2nd URSI Atlantic Radio Science Conference is January 10, 2018. The full details can be found at http://www.atrasc.com/homepage.php 

At the occasion of AT-RASC 2018, Young Scientists Awards will be set up to assist young scientists to attend the AT-RASC. Student Paper Competition will be held and the prizes will be awarded to the winners with certificates and checks during the meeting. 

The 2nd AT-RASC will have an open scientific program covered by ten Commissions of URSI, two of which are closely related to the SPA community. The special sessions in Commission G and H are listed below, and the full program is listed http://www.atrasc.com/papersubmission.php.  

Commission G: Ionospheric Radio and Propagation
S-G1    Ionospheric impact on remote sensing: challenges and opportunities
S-G2    Progress in ionospheric modeling and data assimilation
S-G3    Advances and challenges in the use of GNSS in ionospheric monitoring
S-G4    Advances in space-born GNSS receiver techniques for monitoring the topside ionosphere
S-G5    Ionospheric response to the solar eclipse of 2017
S-G6    New advances in scintillation monitoring
S-G7    Sensor networks for ionospheric weather nowcast
S-GH    Meteors, collisional EMPs, and other highly-transient space plasma events
S-GE    Global Electric Circuit and the Ionosphere

Commission H: Waves in Plasmas
S-H1    Six years of Van Allen probe field and particle data: unexpected findings and advances in modeling wave-particle interactions in the Earth’s inner magnetosphere
S-H2    Recent progress in geospace research revealed by the ARASE(ERG) satellite and multi-point ground-based observations
S-HG    Radio science for space weather science and operations


Call for Contributions - Special Issue of Advances in Space Research: Solar Physics Advances from the Interior to the Heliosphere

From: Eduard Kontar (eduard.kontar at glasgow.ac.uk)

Manuscripts are solicited for Solar Physics Advances from the Interior to the Heliosphere, a special topical issue of Advances in Space Research (ASR). 


Instructions for submission:
Go the submission website.
To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue you are editing, it is important that authors select SI: Solar Physics Advances when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.
Deadline for manuscript submission: 30 April 2018 .

On behalf of the Guest Editors Dr. Georgoulis, Dr. Kontar and the ASR.
Co-editor for Special Issues, Dr. Peggy Ann Shea.


JOB OPENING: Faculty Position in Solar-Terrestrial Physics, New Jersey Institute of Technology

From: Andrew Gerrard (gerrard at njit.edu)

A tenure-track faculty position is available within the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research (CSTR) and the Physics Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  This position is for a “Terrestrial/Upper Atmosphere/Geospace Physicist”, though all applications will be considered.  Appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Physics, and is anticipated to start in Fall 2018. 

The CSTR is an international leader in ground- and space-based solar and terrestrial physics, with central interests in understanding the effects of the Sun on the geospace environment.  CSTR operates the Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) and Owens Valley Solar Array (OVSA) in CA, the Jeffer Observatory at Jenny Jump State Forest in NJ, and the Automated Geophysical Observatories (AGOs) distributed across the Antarctic ice shelf.  The Center also manages a large number of geospace instruments at South Pole, McMurdo, and Palmer Stations, Fabry-Perot interferometers in South America, and various other instruments across the United States.  CSTR is also a PI organization in the NASA Van Allen Probes mission, the hosts the Polar Engineering Development Center, and houses the Space Weather Research Laboratory (SWRL), which conducts scientific research in the area of space weather with the mission to understand and forecast the magnetic activity of the Sun and its potential influence on Earth.  Such instrumentation and data resources enable frontier scientific studies spanning from the Sun’s surface, into the Sun’s extended atmosphere, and onwards into Earth’s atmosphere.  At present there are 21 tenure track/tenured faculty in the NJIT Physics Department – including 5 members which comprise CSTR (Bin, Cao, Gerrard, Gary, Wang).  CSTR also has 3 Distinguished Research Professors (Fleishman, Goode, Lanzerotti), 10+ Research Professors, 11+ Research Engineers, 2 Administrative Assistants, and a number of post-doctoral fellows and Ph.D. graduate students. For a full overview of NJIT's program in solar and terrestrial physics, please visit http://centers.njit.edu/cstr/.

Applicants for the position are required to have a Ph.D. in Physics or closely related discipline, as well as relevant scientific and leadership experience.  Full consideration will be given to all applications received before January 15, 2018 [Note extension from previous postings]. Applications should be submitted online at jobs.njit.edu (req #36) (as Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor of Physics).  Please include a resume, a brief statement of your interest in collaborations as part of CSTR, your research goals, and the names of three to five references.

To build a diverse workforce, NJIT encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women. EEO employer.


JOB OPENING: Faculty Positions at Institute for Fusion Theory and Simulation, Department of Physics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

From: Liu Chen (liuchen at zju.edu.cn)

The Institute for Fusion Theory and Simulation (IFTS), Zhejiang University (ZJU), China has become an important research center of plasma theory and simulation in China since its founding in 2006. IFTS currently has 8 faculty members, a number of postdoctoral researchers, and over 30 graduate students. IFTS is currently seeking candidates for faculty positions at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in the areas of magnetic fusion, space and astrophysical plasmas. IFTS welcomes applicants from all over the world. Candidates should hold a PhD in Plasma Physics or a related area, and have research experiences. The successful applicants are expected to develop and maintain active, externally funded programs of research and to contribute to the education and training of undergraduate and graduate students. IFTS offers competitive packages of salary, benefits, housing, and start-up fund commensurate with ranks and qualifications. Candidates eligible for the “1000 Youth Talents Plan” are particularly welcomed (see http://1000plan.org/en/young.html/). All applicants are invited to send inquiries, curriculum vitae, publication list and names of three references to ifts at zju.edu.cn.


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